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NCAA needs more academic focus (Kemba Walker)
The Miscellany News ^ | 4/20/2011 | Nik Trkulja

Posted on 04/21/2011 9:57:42 AM PDT by chickadee

Kemba Walker has read a book. You read that right: Walker, the University of Connecticut (UConn) star guard and NCAA Men's Basketball National Champion, Walker has just admitted to finishing his first book "cover-to-cover," in an interview for Sports Illustrated. While for many that is in fact an achievement, for a junior in college who will be graduating this May, who undoubtedly should have read quite a few texts over the years, it is an embarrassment. The incident once again illustrates the fantasy that is the life of a superstar Division I student-athlete.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: education; kembawalker; ncaa; reading
And he's graduating a year early?
1 posted on 04/21/2011 9:57:45 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: chickadee

My understanding is that he has done the course work sufficient to earn a degree (in 3 years), but had never finished a book cover-to-cover until recently.

Perhaps he never found a book interesting enough to finish.


2 posted on 04/21/2011 10:04:21 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: chickadee

uhhh,, he’s an Aflete and not held to the same standards as the other students. . .


3 posted on 04/21/2011 10:04:38 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: chickadee
There are huge numbers of athletic scholarships, minority scholarships, “means based” scholarships, special interest scholarships, but almost no academic or merit based scholarships. And we wonder why we have such an abundance of ignorance?
4 posted on 04/21/2011 10:05:17 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Retired Greyhound

Heck, nowadays you can graduate from college without even having to write a single Term Paper.


5 posted on 04/21/2011 10:07:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Retired Greyhound
My understanding is that he someone has done the course work sufficient (for him) to earn a degree (in 3 years),
6 posted on 04/21/2011 10:08:07 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Retired Greyhound
Perhaps he never found a book interesting enough to finish.

Or perhaps they'd all been colored in first.

7 posted on 04/21/2011 10:08:36 AM PDT by Zakeet (I know Obama is level headed because he drools out of both sides of his mouth at the same time)
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To: Zakeet
I wonder if he read "Atlas Shrugged" like Officer Barbrady did,

"Yes, at first I was happy to be learning how to read. It seemed exciting and magical. But then I read this: "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of .... I am never reading again!"

8 posted on 04/21/2011 10:11:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Retired Greyhound

Perhaps he never found a book interesting enough to finish”

Just want to congratulate him, what was the title of the book anyway? might give us some insight to his academic achivements.


9 posted on 04/21/2011 10:14:25 AM PDT by munin (Enki did it,)
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To: chickadee

There is NO way - ZERO - that he has actually taken all the classes necessary to graduate. My daughter took 18 hours a semester plus summer classes to graduate in 4 years - UCONN is handing this kid a degree.


10 posted on 04/21/2011 10:15:16 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Chuck Schumer: You are a rude, pompous ass!)
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To: chickadee

Was it a picture book??

Was it “Good Night Moon”??

Bet it wasn’t “Atlas Shrugged”


11 posted on 04/21/2011 10:17:06 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: munin

The book was listed in the article - something about the $40 million dollar slave - high paid athletes who are, apparently, slaves to the white man who is paying them to play


12 posted on 04/21/2011 10:17:17 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Chuck Schumer: You are a rude, pompous ass!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Of course. Why would anyone be surprised?


13 posted on 04/21/2011 10:19:43 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: chickadee
And he's graduating a year early?

Only 10% of college graduates read at a high level of proficiency, 15% are below proficient while 4% are functionally illiterate.

14 posted on 04/21/2011 10:20:38 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Why am I not surprised it would be something like that?


15 posted on 04/21/2011 10:20:44 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Retired Greyhound

“Perhaps he never found a book interesting enough to finish.”


Now I don’t know what to think. I was listening to a discussion about this topic on the radio and several men called in to say that they hadn’t read many books cover to cover either. One was both an attorney and an engineer!! They don’t have an interest in reading and no one reads a textbook cover to cover.


16 posted on 04/21/2011 10:23:57 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: Retired Greyhound

“My understanding is that he has done the course work sufficient to earn a degree (in 3 years), but had never finished a book cover-to-cover until recently.”

“Perhaps he never found a book interesting enough to finish.”

Really, degree course work doesn’t require the reading and analysis of literature? What type of degree is he earnging. I had to read quite a few just in the basic literature classes I took in highschool and college.


17 posted on 04/21/2011 10:34:13 AM PDT by Bruinator (God is Great.... Beer is good.... Muzzies are.........?)
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To: munin
William C. Rhoden's Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete

That is the book. I don't think I'd have made it through that tome. Just a comparison to what I have read: War and Peace.

18 posted on 04/21/2011 10:34:21 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Jemian

I am curious as to how many of these athletes who do not finish before turning pro also return to the classroom after their professional career is finished. Bo Jackson dropped out of school to become a pro-athlete but returned later and did get at least one degree.


19 posted on 04/21/2011 10:38:30 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: chickadee

To be fair, very few classes in any school, public or private or college, actually read any book cover to cover. We never finished a text book - but to say an attorney and an engineer NEVER read a book or only read a few in their entire careers seems really odd. I guess that means they used Cliff Notes or Spark Notes to do any coursework. But even as children they didn’t read library books in school? Slackers... ;^)


20 posted on 04/21/2011 10:47:59 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Chuck Schumer: You are a rude, pompous ass!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Sounds like your daughter didn’t have a jump shot, just a lot of brains. LOL


21 posted on 04/21/2011 10:57:34 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: 70th Division
Not an athlete, not a scholarship recipient, didn't even have the advantage of going to high school in Texas where her senior year was basically a joke and could have taken college credit courses! She did honors classes in PA where she really worked her butt off but got no extra credit, not even extra GPA credit... ;^)

I always laugh when someone brags about "graduating" in 3 years and it turns out they took dual credit classes in high school but don't count that in for the time put toward their college degree.

22 posted on 04/21/2011 11:01:31 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Chuck Schumer: You are a rude, pompous ass!)
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To: Prokopton

WOW! are you right. My son is a Dr. and bright. We looked for scholarships and there were almost none academic ones for a white male.


23 posted on 04/21/2011 11:11:31 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Jemian

Here is an excerpt from the book Kemba read.

I can bounce a basketball,
I can bounce it off a wall,
I can bounce it down the hall,
I can dunk it cause I’m tall,
I love my big round basketball.


24 posted on 04/21/2011 11:14:30 AM PDT by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

I tinks afletes only has to have SOME, not mores.


25 posted on 04/21/2011 11:20:34 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: Ed Condon

AAAaaaaaacccccchhhhhh! My head explodes.


26 posted on 04/21/2011 11:22:52 AM PDT by Jemian
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27 posted on 04/21/2011 11:26:12 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: chickadee

Well, now he knows that Spot can run, too. Jim Calhoun is a big Democrat. They don’t call it U-CON for nothing.


28 posted on 04/21/2011 11:34:22 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

I daresay that most of the coaches at the top 25 BB schools are Dems / Libs . Why pick on UConn ? You a Butler grad by any chance ? ; )


29 posted on 04/21/2011 3:17:49 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: Ed Condon

You have a gift!!


30 posted on 04/21/2011 3:44:19 PM PDT by chickadee
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